The Dystrumpian Almanac

Peninsula Literary is proud to introduce the Dystrumpian Almanac to help you navigate mapv1_IBJthe unfolding Dystrumpia. Created by a group of writers, artists and musicians, the Almanac presents stories, advice, poems, songs, and lots more from survivors of the First Middle Ages. Find out what an actual Apothecary from the Middle Ages says about life without health insurance, enjoy the odes and poetry of Troilus, Journalist Meissa de Pizan’s helpful tips on determining whether or not you are a slave, and historical perspectives from scholar Jacques Louis Menetra. A Living Book Project from Tarweed Accelerator for Writers, in partnership with Peninsula Literary, The Dystrumpian Almanac‘s contributing Editors are Jean Znidarsic and Charlotte Muse.

October 16, 2015 Reading







Art and Refreshments at Peninsula Literary October 16

We had a great audience for the October reading. Featured readers Lori Ostlund and Jennifer Swanton Brown offered compelling readings.



Lori Ostlund led off, introducing several quirky Midwestern characters from her new novel.


Former Cupertino Poet Laureate Jennifer Swanton Brown captivated with poems she had written on demand at an art festival poetry booth.



Guest readers Renee Schell and Phyllis Butler added texture with poetry and non-fiction, and we heard from a new memoir by Dante Drummond.

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And Artist Dorothy Burston Brown discussed her fascinating process for producing sculpture.




Thank you to all of our October readers, and to all who helped set up, tear down, and all who came to join us! 20151016_195737






Peninsula Literary will be on hiatus after this reading, but we’ll be back in summer/fall of 2016.

We hope to see you then!

Jean Znidarsic and Carrie Hechtman, Peninsula Literary



Jennifer Swanton Brown and Lori Ostlund, October 16

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An Evening of Poetry and Prose

Friday, October 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

at Gallery House, 320 California Ave, Palo Alto

Featuring:  Poet Laureate Jennifer Swanton Brown
 &  Award-Winning Novelist Lori Ostlund
with artist Dorothy Burston Brown
Produced by
Carrie Hechtman and Jean Znidarsic